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Hayward Area Recreation & Park District is an independent special
use district providing park and recreation services for over 250,000
living within a 64 square-mile area which includes the City of Hayward,
Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and the unincorporated Ashland, Cherryland
and Fairview districts. The Park District, known locally as “H.A.R.D.”,
is the largest recreation district in the State of California. Since
creation in 1944, the District has provided residents with many beautiful
facilities and parks, as well as hundreds of educational and recreational
classes and programs. The mission of the Park District is improving the
quality of life for citizens of all ages by providing a variety of recreational
activities, special events, facilities and services that encourage life-long
learning, fitness and fun.